Book query--ANRW

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at
Wed Jan 13 11:09:51 EST 1999

At 10:59 AM -0500 1/13/99, Rodney J. Decker wrote:
>I just ran across info on a major reference work with which I am unfamiliar
>(actually our librarian asked about the importance of our obtaining all or
>part of it--and I surely don't want to miss the opportunity to influence a
>purchase of this magnitude!):
>*Aufstieg und Niedergang der romischen Welt* (Rise and Decline of the Roman
>World)--over 80 vols. (tech. about 40 with multiple parts/bindings). At
>prices running from $200 to $500 per vol., this complete set would run well
>over US$20,000.00 (and that's based on the de Gruyter prices that I have
>from 1993!).
>Is anyone familiar with this set, and if so, can you comment as to its
>relevance for a seminary program? We have both an undergrad college program
>here as well as a grad school (MS in ed.), and a seminary-which includes
>both MDiv, ThM, DMin, and soon PhD programs. None of our programs, however,
>are "classics majors." Are there particular vols. that would be most
>relevant to biblical studies, or is the entire set of sufficient value to
>justify the (very high) price?


This is an immensely important work--and immensely expensive, I'm
afraid--it covers about three stacks in our library, and i don't know if
the programmed complete work has been fully resolved as yet. It is
important, I think, for any serious research institution that does any
amount of work in ancient Mediterranean area for the Roman/Hellenistic
period. The articles in each volume are each very important for the
particular area covered; many of them are up-to-date bibliographic surveys
and new assessments of central problems in antiquarian scholarship. I don't
have the technical URL, but I imagine that you can find it readily enough
at the German Amazon site. If you're still using a Mac, you can probably
get it in a moment with Sherlock. But there's no question that this is a
major investment for any library to make.
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics/Washington University
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